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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A medium-sized deer (Cervus nippon) native to Japan and China but naturalized in Europe and other countries, having a small head, compact body, and mostly spotted reddish or chestnut coat. Several of its subspecies are endangered in the wild.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Cervus nippon, a deer found in the forests of East Asia
  • n. A traditional Bangladeshi hanging basket

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of deer found in Japan.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. small deer of Japan with slightly forked antlers

Etymologies

Japanese shika, deer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 鹿 (shika, "deer") (Wiktionary)
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